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- St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99
Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic. He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony deficiency to visual irony to an understatement, using photographs and relate-able examples from pop culture. * "Irony in Action"... more...
- Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2013; US$ 75.00
Despite Chinas widespread censorship devices, the internet now favours documentation of the ephemeral but creative humour of todays netizens. Humour in Chinese Life and Culture covers modern and contemporary forms of humour in Chinas public and private spheres, including comic films and novels, cartooning, pop songs, internet jokes,... more...
- University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 150.00
Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive rejuvenation of scholarly interest. Beyond Southern Frontier Humor: Prospects and Possibilities represents the next step in this revival, providing a series... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00
Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...
- Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 24.95
Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 49.95
The Linguistics of Laughter examines what speakers try to achieve by producing ?laughter-talk? (the talk preceding and eliciting an episode of laughter) and, by using abundant examples from language corpora, what hearers are signalling when they produce laughter. In particular, Alan Partington focuses on the tactical use of laughter-talk to achieve... more...
- HarperCollins 2013; US$ 0.00
Download, for free!, a hilarious essay by New York Times bestselling author Jason Mulgrew, plus get a sneak peek from his new book, 236 Pounds of Class Vice President , available February 12, 2013. For a few "glorious" weeks, Jason Mulgrew's first book, Everything Is Wrong with Me , appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, before dropping... more...
- University Press of Mississippi 2012; US$ 137.50
Samuel L. Clemens lost the 1882 lawsuit declaring his exclusive right to use "Mark Twain" as a commercial trademark, but he succeeded in the marketplace, where synergy among his comic journalism, live performances, authorship, and entrepreneurship made "Mark Twain" the premier national and international brand of American humor in his day. And so... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 85.00
Humor in the Caribbean Literary Canon intimately examines Caribbean writers who engage canonical Western texts and forms, while using humor to challenge Western representations of people of African descent. more...
- Carcanet 2012; US$ 21.80
She is eighty. Facing death, she considers her experiments with narrative, and with the narrative of her life. What is the purpose of the narrative she is creating here, and what the purpose of the life that lives it in the writing? At the centre of Life, End of, in a mock-technical lecture from the Character to the Author, she comes to accept that... more...